New Communication Options with Caron Electric

October 13, 2009

Just wanted to let my readers and customers know that we have added a direct feed to our Blog on our facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/caronelectricinc

We have also set up Skype for a direct connection with Caron Electric anytime we are at our office.

Our skype username is “caronelectric”

Thanks for reading and be back soon.

Exciting news for the Fall Season

September 23, 2009

Hello and welcome back.

Things have been picking up at Caron Electric as you can see I have not had much time to update our blog. I have exciting news I would like to share with my consumers and readers. Everyone has gone through some hardships with the economy taking a turn for the worse. Of course we had to make some tough decisions to assure Caron Electric would be around for years to come. Because of those decisions we have been able to slowly reposition ourselves for future expansion. That time has come and we recently added another electrician to our work force. Our newest electrician Brian is fully licensed and has many years of experience working in both the residential and commercial electrical field. So while other companies are still trying to get a handle on their future Caron Electric’s is burning brighter then ever.

Another even more exciting change here at Caron Electric for our customers is the reduction of our pricing by 10%. As the competition is greater than ever we knew the best way to stay competitive would be an overhaul of our pricing. I am happy to announce we are in our final stage of preparation to bring our new pricing manual to the field.

This upcoming Fall Season will have many opportunities to use our services and save money, take advantage today! If you have not already signed up for our email promotions and discount program take a moment out to email me at service@caronelectric.com

My experience with a Fujitsu Ductless Split

September 1, 2009

   I will let my readers know up front that I have never had central air for heating or cooling in any of my residences. The most I have ever done to try and battle the summer heat is put a window air conditioner in an apartment I was living in Salem. Now being an owner of a home I wanted to have the luxury of a central air system but was very concerned by the cost. A central air system requires duct work to be brought throughout the home to each area/zone. My house being 100 years old this was not feasible by any means. Luckily being in the trade brings its benefits and I knew about the Fujitsu Halcyon Ductless Split systems. The Fujitsu Halcyon system consists of a indoor blower unit and outdoor condenser unit. Both units are much quieter then your average air conditioner and about as loud as a overhead fan. I won’t bother explaining all the details about the ease of installation of these products but I will make it quite clear that NO duct work was required. The work can normally be done in one day which was the case in my instance. 

I purchased my materials directly through my company and got the 12,000 BTU model. This unit cools my entire first floor, a total of 900 square feet. The cost of running the unit for an entire season is around $50. Talk about energy efficiency a window unit could cost upwards of $20-30 per month to run for 10-12 hours out of the day. The unit I had installed also does heating, this was an added option as there are units that only do cooling. I was one of the poor souls that locked in on a high price on home heating oil last year and this season I was looking for any way to supplement my current heating system.  The difference in the cost of the system providing heat was several hundred dollars. The total cost to run this unit for an entire heating season is about $250. My expected savings for this upcoming heating season will be around $500 so it will pay for itself in just one year.  I am also receiving a rebate from my power company up to $500 for installing a new energy efficient unit. All of this on top of the “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” for a Federal Tax credit of 30% up to $1500 towards the cost of this project.

So all of the above is well and good you say but how does well does the unit function you ask… If you remember back just a couple weeks to the 10 day  heat wave we had high humidy in the 90’s day after day. My whole first floor was kept to a dry 74 degrees throughout the entire time. All of this is done through a simple remote control that offers multiple functions like – fan only mode, dry mode which helps to control humidity levels and varying levels of use from High, Medium, Low and Quite. This allows for you to find the exact climate you will feel most comfortable with during use of the system.

I can tell you I am completely satisfied. The unit is much friendlier to the eyes then a window air conditioner. The cost out of pocket was just a fraction of the cost of a complete central air system and that does not include the rebates that are forthcoming. I would highly recommend the Fujitsu Halcyon ductless split system to any residence or commercial property owner. Thanks for taking out the time to read up about my experience and hope to see you back soon.

You can learn more about the Fujitsu Halcyon Ductless Split systems here:

http://www.fujitsugeneral.com/learn_about.htm

Example of my system:

http://www.fujitsugeneral.com/wallmounted9-12RL.htm

 

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Caron Electric is a licensed, insured, and quality certified installer of these Fujitsu Halcyon products and systems.

#800.400.9940

service@caronelectric.com

http://caronelectric.com/index.html

News from Caron Electric

August 6, 2009

Hello to all my faithful readers. Sorry but it has been tough to get to the blog this week for some new content. Why you may ask; we were in transition from our Lexington to Burlington, MA location. I am happy to announce the move from our Lexington to Burlington, MA office has been completed. Of course it came with a few headaches as my phone lines were down for about 12 hours but we have worked out all the kinks. We are still finishing up some loose ends within the office itself but look forward to many years of service to our customers from our new location.

What else is new you may ask… 

Our HVAC division has been out in force..with the heat wave of the last week or so our customers cooling needs have boomed. From simple ceiling fans to complete Fujitsu ductless split air conditioning systems our technicians have been meeting the requests promptly.

Caron is also happy to announce we have secured our fanpage name (CaronElectricInc) on Facebook. Our goal required us to get 100 fans and was quickly meet and we continue to add new ones on a daily basis. I would love to send you an invitation to become a fan also see the link below: 

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/CaronElectricInc?ref=ts

If your part of the social networking club please take a moment and do a search for CaronElectric on any of the various sites (i.e. MySpace,Twitter, LinkedIn, Corkin, etc) you may be part of and we would gladly accept your friendship there. You can also email direct with your username for any site you would like us to track you down on. We give exclusive offers, specials and discounts to all our friends and fans online.  Look forward to making some new connections.

http://caronelectric.com/index.html

service@caronelectric.com

Proud Winner of the 2009 Best of Burlington by USCA

August 4, 2009

Caron Electric is happy to announce we are the proud recipient of the 2009 US Commerce Association Best of Burlington Award in the Electrical category. 

Press Release follows:

Caron Electric Company. Receives 2009 Best of Burlington Award

WASHINGTON D.C., 2009 — Caron Electric Company. has been selected for the 2009 Best of Burlington Award in the Electrical category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@us-ca.org
Official press release here : http://tinyurl.com/m8cctq

Caron Electric – Information about us

July 30, 2009

I wanted to take a moment out to let my readers get to know Caron Electric a bit more. If you have not done so already I ask you visit our website for a complete overview:  http://caronelectric.com/index.html 

Caron Electric is a residential and commercial electrical contractor working in Massachusetts. Our staff of experts are available 24/7 by phone or email. The owner Mr. Caron holds his Masters License and all technicians working in the field have a minimum of their Journeyman License. We carry full insurance for any and all work performed. The warranty is the best in the industry with a 3 year labor and a lifetime on parts installed.

Caron Electric provides free written estimates before any work is performed. On the initial visit our electrician will get an exact cost to you with the option of starting the work the very same day. The fleet of vehicles are service ready with 1000’s of parts at our fingertips, we don’t have to leave for supplies saving you $$. Caron works on by flat rate pricing meaning you never have to watch the clock – you will have an upfront cost that does not change once the work is started. This provides savings over your standard hourly rate company.

Caron Electric is a member of many trade organizations including but not limited to the Better Business Buereau, National Fire Protection Agency, and Angie’s list. Your in good hands.

A little bit about me (Max):

I work as the Service and Dispatch Manager and have been doing so since 2002. My duties include: customer scheduling, project timeline monitering, admistrative permitting, inspector corrospondence, stock/material procurement, and complaint resolution. I also help with the IT, Web marketing, and Brand recognition for the company. I take great pride in the wonderful relationships we have built and the incredible workmanship my techs do out in field. Previous to this employement I held similar positions in other electrical contractors stretching from Maine to Virginia.

This blog is just one of the many sites that Caron Electric is involved with. We provide exclusive specials and discounts for all our social network friends and fans. I hope to see you add us. Here is a list of some other places you can link up directly with Caron Electric.

#1.800.440.9940  or service@caronelectric.com

http://www.facebook.com/CaronElectricInc
https://twitter.com/CaronElectric
http://www.myspace.com/caronelectric
http://www.linkedin.com/in/caronelectric
http://www.corkin.com/Profile/view.cfm?userid=46704

Ductless Air Conditioning Systems – It’s worth a second look!

July 21, 2009

Have you always wanted a Central Air conditioning system in your home or business but thought it impossible and cost prohibitive; well it is time to take a look at a Ductless Split air conditioning system. With the advancement in technology and product enhancement the ductless split air conditioning from Fujitsu/Halcyon is a perfect fit for many installations. At a fraction of the cost of a standard central air you will get all the benefits of having a central controlled cooling system. Select systems also have a heat option for supplemental heating. Halcyon products have been designed to provide zoned comfort for residential and commercial applications. Engineered to install quickly and easily without ductwork, Halcyon systems provide cooling and heating solutions where others cannot. 

 

A few key advantages of a Ductless Split system over a central air system or window air conditioner unit are…

 

1)      Quite Operation – since the system is comprised of an indoor and outdoor unit the louder components like motors and compressors can be installed outside

 

2)      Easy installation – the unit is feed by a copper tube running through a small 3” to 4” inch opening in the wall or ceiling to connect the indoor and outdoor units

 

3)      Energy Efficient – Since there are no ducts involved Halcyon systems lose less then 5% cooling vs. up to 40% on traditional forced-air systems. Higher efficiency including Energy Star Qualified units means you save money on your utility bill.

 

4)      Individual zoning – Cool or heat only the areas you want, or your entire home or business with multiple zone units.

 

5)      Environmentally Friendly – Halcyon systems use R410A refrigerant which is designed to prevent the depletion of the ozone layer.

 

6)      Safe and secure – Window air conditioners leave the home venerable for intruders to enter. Halcyon units are mounted high on the wall, away from the window, not compromising your security. Leaving you with a functional window and pleasant view.

 

     If the above advantages are not enough how about the varying equipment models and ease of installation that makes these systems a must have. Halcyon systems eliminate the need for any evaporator unit or costly and bulky ductwork installations. The thin copper tubing feeds the refrigerant directly into the discreet wall mounted units inside. Piping can often be done by routing through walls and joists to be aesthetically pleasing. The indoor units quietly distribute cooling/heating to the interior space.  With the ease of mixing and matching capacities and configurations the Halcyon units are great for even the most difficult areas to heat or cool. With the option to provide up to four separate zones with a timer and optional wired remote you are always in control of the varying comfort needs in different spaces of your home or business.

 

     All of these things result in a highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost effective way of bringing cooling and heating to your location. Now with even more cost savings available to you; Special incentives currently being offered are as follows…

 

Fujitsu Summer Relief Rebate – Up to $300 on select systems

Federal Tax Credit – 30% up to $1500 for the installation of select systems in tax years 2009/2010

 

     Caron Electric provides all this information as a source of knowledge to help consumers make the right decision. We provide onsite consultations and free written estimates to anyone within our coverage area. As a Fujitsu certified installer you can rest assured you will be getting the job done right.

You can reach us anytime at #800.400.9940 or by email service@caronelectric.com 

Make sure to browse our website for all the other services we provide:  http://caronelectric.com/index.html

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July 16, 2009

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Grounding; Knowledge for your Home or Business

July 15, 2009

Grounding; Knowledge for your Home or Business

     When speaking about proper grounding in the home or business we are referring to the capability of your system to carry a fault current back to the electrical panel where a fuse or breaker would trip, shutting off the power to that area. There is also the grounding from the main electrical panel to the cold water pipe and a ground rod that is driven outside of the home or business. Both of the above would require a site visit to assure they are done up to code, correct sizing of the wire is a must to assure proper grounding. Not having the proper grounding in your home or business could leave the site without protection from electric shock or fire. Damage to equipment, your home/business, or your person is much greater when proper grounding is not present.

     A few common things to look for to assure you’re properly protected with a grounding system in the home or business is the following…

 

3-prong outlets: Although a test should still be done to assure the grounding wire is connected and working properly; the presence of 3-prong outlets usually means the outlets are grounded. Any 2-prong outlet should be considered suspect. Never use a 2-prong to 3-prong adapter as this bypasses the necessary ground on the equipment. Any appliance or equipment with a 3-prong cord requires a proper ground to assure correct operation.

 

GFI/GFCI outlets: The presence of a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet is required in the following areas bathrooms, kitchens, garages and outdoor locations. Mainly any damp location requires a GFI/GFCI outlet not a standard outlet. The GFCI outlet has a small test and reset button located on the front of it. The GFCI outlet has an internal circuit that will shut off if it senses any current leakage or unequal incoming and outgoing currents. If you don’t see any outlets like this in the areas discussed it is highly recommended to update the system to include them. Electricity and water is a dangerous combination and without protection is a hazard waiting to happen.

GFCI breakers: The ground fault circuit interrupter breaker is essentially a GFI for an entire wiring circuit. The GFCI breaker is installed in the electrical panel. It monitors the amount of electric current going to and from the circuit itself. It will trip and shut off power to the entire circuit if any problem voltage/current is sensed. The presence of this style of breaker is normally a confirmation that the circuit is being properly grounded.

Surge Protectors are not grounding your equipment: Many people mistake the use of a surge protector as the grounding for your equipment. I have even seen surge protector strips being used in conjunction with a 2-prong to 3-prong adapter to plug it in. Although a point of use Surge Protector is a great thing to have you must still have the proper grounding on that line to properly protect the equipment. If using a point of use surge protector please verify the outlet it’s being plugged into is properly grounded. You can also get a whole house surge protector that would be installed directly at your electrical panel. We highly recommend these products but having one does not assure the grounding in the home is up to code.

 

     The simplest way to verify the condition of your current grounding system is to have a licensed, qualified electrician that is up to date with the local and state codes do an evaluation. Caron Electric provides this service as a free estimate to any consumer in our coverage area. Wiring in the home or business can always be updated to assure you have a proper working grounding system. You can contact us anytime at #800.440.9940 or service@caronelectric.com

Visit our website to read more about Caron Electric Inc. http://caronelectric.com/index.html

What you don’t know about Carbon Monoxide – Can hurt you.

July 14, 2009

     For anyone unfamiliar with Carbon Monoxide it is Poisonous gas which is Odorless, Colorless, and Tasteless. That is why it is so important to assure your protecting your home or business from this harmful gas.

      Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Flu like symptoms including: headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, fainting. At higher levels CO exposure could result in unconsciousness, or death.

This information is relevant to Massachusetts residents and businesses:

     As of 11/4/2005, at the time Governor Romney signed “Nicole’s Law”, named after 7-year old Nicole Garofalo who died on January 28, 2005 when her Plymouth, MA home was filled with deadly amounts of carbon monoxide on January 24. The furnace vents had been blocked by snow during a power outage.

     The new regulations require carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home and within ten feet of each sleeping area and in habitable portions of basements and attics. The alarm you use must be approved by an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)

      The CO detectors may be:  Battery operated with battery monitoring; or Plug-ins with battery back-up; or Hard-wired with battery backup; or Low voltage system; or Wireless, or Qualified combination (smoke/carbon monoxide alarm). To assure compliance you can always check with your local Fire Department or Inspector before installing. Caron Electric always recommends having a licensed/qualified installer do the work.

     On September 6, 2006, the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations passed additional regulations requiring carbon monoxide alarms in transient residential buildings such as hotels and motels, institutional buildings such as hospitals, nursing homes and jails, and day care centers and after school programs. The Legislature has given owners of these buildings and those owned by the Commonwealth and local housing authorities until January 1, 2008 to complete installation.

     Landlords must inspect, maintain, and replace, if necessary, required CO alarms annually and at the beginning of any rental period. Tenants should report any problems with detectors to the landlord immediately and learn to recognize the difference between the smoke alarm and the carbon monoxide detector. Fire departments are currently required to inspect smoke alarms when one-five unit homes are being sold and transferred.

    For residential homes the following will help with the protection of your family:  CO detectors on every level of the home except unfinished basements and attics. Locate the detectors near bedrooms to allow for the family member to be awaken by the alarm Detectors should not be located near windows/doors to exterior of home, excessively hot, cold or damp areas or corners or rooms and peaks of ceilings. Do not place a CO alarm in a garage, furnace room, near the stove or fireplace.

Some other helpful tips to keep CO levels down at your home or business:

 1) have a yearly inspection of your heating/cooling equipment

 2) Check vent pipes, flues, and chimneys for leaks or blockage

3) Un-vented kerosene heaters are illegal in MA

4) Never use a charcoal grill indoors

5) Never use your gas oven to supplement heat for the home

6) Never leave a vehicle running indoors/garage even with the garage door open , the fumes build up quickly

7) Do not use gas powered engines i.e. generators, chainsaws, blowers, weed trimmers, mowers or snow blowers indoors or near doors or windows.

     At Caron Electric we understand the importance of safety and hope this article has been helpful to better understand the reason for CO detectors.

Have a question: #800.440.990 or service@caronelectric.com

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